Oklahoma ethics panel fails to police campaigns

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 20, 2012

That fiasco did much to undermine public confidence in the agency's competence in investigating alleged ethics complaints. Now the Ethics Commission's failure to notice that a PAC hadn't filed contribution reports for years, even as candidates got donations from it, suggests the commission's oversight of campaign finance is also amateurish.

This is the same agency that asked for a budget increase in 2008 to cover basic supplies and then used the money to instead provide 30 percent pay raises to some staffers. Based on recent job performance, Oklahoma taxpayers should demand a refund.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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